Hot Legs Necklace




About: I'm a Designer, Creator, Inventor. #1 Hobby - brainstorming. I invented the Unicorn Poop cookie, as published here on instructables. And now I am a metalsmith. <3

Alright, here is a very strange way to use Barbie legs in a necklace!  They are easy to pop out of the doll, but a little difficult to lay them properly to work with the piece and get the desired-end-product.  Play with them a little, use chain, take a wood burner to them and make them do what you want them to, then you've have a necklace fit for a crazy person, like moi! :D

Fun, cool thing, you can change up the design because her knees click into place!

Step 1: What You Need.

Barbie legs!
Jump rings
Toggle closure
Wood Burner
Patience and imagination!

Step 2: Work Time!

Tear the Barbie apart, plan your necklace out.  You will see, that while laying things out, you will prefer different layouts over others, but the real test is when you use the jump rings to put everything together.

Wood Burn or drill holes into the hip-like area of the barbie legs (top joint hole) and affix your wire to make it able to attach via jump rings or directly to your chosen chain.

Note - if you use wire, which I recommend to go through deep holes in the Barbie, just make sure to bend the wire so it won't scratch you during wear.  :)

Step 3: Assemble

Now that you have your pieces chosen, you've got your design planned out, just work carefully through trial and error and bring all the pieces together.  Specifically, with Barbie legs, you need to try the necklace on and see how it lays, maybe you want to add or remove links or change orientation around.  Just know, you may not end up with your intended design intact.

Note: Count the links in the chain to match the opposite side because you want everything to be even. 
Note: Sometimes, you don't need to use jump rings if you take the chain apart with pliers and use the intact chain links.  :)

Step 4: Enjoy!

Now you have a crazy necklace that you are afraid to wear in public, but maybe the flesh tone kinda hides the fact that it seems like you are giving Barbie a piggy-back ride on your shoulders and her body is lost in your hair.

Another idea - paint the legs with designs to match your chain or centerpiece for more blending and contrast for fun!  :)  Use the rest of the Barbie for other projects, don't throw her parts away!

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    7 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    you could wear it at halloween and creep people out...just a thought!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Kinda reminds me of the ice truck killer from Dexter. That was a cool season! Not saying your a serial killer or anything Kristy please don't get offended, I'm just connecting dots... You're very creative and I agree with you just because an artist uses paint doesn't mean he's copying Michaelangelo. Although yours would be more Picasso style and his is just as famous! Thing is instead of people accusing other artist of copying these artist they started an era.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I admire the execution of this piece, although its striking resemblance to the work of jewelry designer Margaux Lange (who has been extensively discussed on this site before) makes me feel a wee bit uncomfortable. One can't help but wonder if you might have seen one of her pieces in the past, and perhaps found yourself inspired? Just wonderin'.
    Anyway, curious parties can check out Margaux's Barbie-part jewelry at her site, and see what I mean.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    why does it make you uncomfortable? yeah, i've seen her stuff, i think that was the reason that i picked these barbies up at a yard sale last year.

    i think it's odd that an inspiration would affect anyone emotionally. it's almost like saying that someone made a necklace with beads...and the person who invented beads should be worried. once a new medium is introduced, it's introduced.


    Agreed. Back during my "punk" phase, almost anything could become jewelery / earrings. Many a doll lost her life in the name of fashion.

    This is awesome! I love how inventive you are with the weirdest of found objects.